Link Age Southwark were selected to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, in December last year. They were delighted to exceed their £26,000 target, raising a total of £26,945 towards their free transport services.
The local charity offers friendly volunteer support for people aged over 60 and those living with dementia, including befriending and group activities. Funds raised from the Christmas Challenge will support their service users to attend the exercise and activity groups they run across the borough.
Link Age Southwark’s provision of transport includes volunteer drivers, an accessible minibus and escorted taxis for those living with dementia. They provided 4000 transport journeys in the year before the pandemic and are now working hard to reconnect older people with their communities.
A record £24.1 million was raised overall for the 928 charities taking part in the Christmas Challenge. As one of the charities involved, Link Age Southwark secured match funding from individual pledgers and their Big Give Champion, The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, who doubled donations from the public during the week-long campaign. The charity was overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved in their fundraising success.
You can support Link Age Southwark by joining their upcoming virtual trivia night, ‘Subterranean Secrets and Ghoulish Tales’ at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st February. Head to their website for further details: https://bit.ly/3BfTSKc